Bucks County School Board Meets To Discuss Teacher’s Controversial Blog

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Central Bucks School Board members have been silent up to now, but that changed Tuesday night. Some members called the teacher’s blog malicious and unprofessional. The question now is, what they are going to do about it?

It is the blog that has sent shockwaves across Bucks County. (see related story)

Teacher Natalie Munroe gained national media attention for her blog and the way she described some students.

“Natalie Munroe has made the most of her 15 minutes of notoriety. Now it is time for the adults to move forward with the work of educating children,” board member Stephen Corr said.

The school board member’s comments drew a standing ovation from the crowd that was packed with teachers and some parents.

“I can’t imagine she would want to walk back into a classroom, and why any student would want her as a teacher?” said Joe Jagelka, a Bucks County parent.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Laws expressed perhaps the sharpest criticism.

He repeated the words he says Munroe wrote about special needs students.

“She blogged ‘I don’t care if you lick windows, take the special bus or occasionally pee on yourself, you hang in there sunshine you’re special,’” Laws said.

The superintendent says the Central Bucks East High School English teacher has lost the respect of the community.

“Ms. Munroe, by her own actions has made it impossible for her to teach in this district,” said Laws.

Munroe was not at the school board meeting. Previously she defended the blog and argued she never mentioned names and was essentially telling the truth.

She has been suspended with pay. She is going on maternity leave next month.

The board will decide in the next few months if they are going to fire her.

Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3

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  • John

    Most of you sicken me with your comments. She told the truth and you can’t handle it.
    Sugar coat everything and it will magically be better, right?

    Shameful for you people to be so narrow minded.

  • Lynn N.

    As a 20 years teacher, I feel, although a less than prudent blog, Ms. Munroe should have the right to vent. Check out the site – rate my teacher. Students can anonymously say anything they want about their teachers. I feel her blog was written put of frustration at parent lack of accountability. It’s often a “Not my child” scene when conferencing with parents.

    • KMR

      I agree with you. We are in America and have the ability to freely speak. Should the school dismiss her, they are violated her civil rights and she can sue them for that. Not saying I agree with her completely, but do understand the “not my children” syndrome that runs rampant with paretns.

      • Jules

        I agree with you that as an American we have the ability to freely speak. One of the things I love about this country is that we have the constitutional right to Free Speech. HOWEVER, there are also consequences to what you say. A magazine can not say what it wants about a person, without the consequences of a libel suit if their information proves to be false. While Ms. Munroe did not name names, she did what is essentially known as cyberbullying. As a teacher, when you say that you HATE a student, say that a student dresses like a streetwalker, insult parents because both of their kids are lazy students, you are crossing a line. Most students can pick themselves out in situations, most aren’t that dumb. Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and I remember being asked by my students if I had a Myspace account. I said I did, but was not giving that information out. Those students found my Myspace account, and showed it to their parents. I wasn’t even talking about my job, just average rants about things that are personal to me. They turned me in to my supervisor who had a nice long talk about the consequences of what I had done. As a teacher, or educator you are held to a higher standard. She stooped to a level that is no worse than a teenager bashing classmate on their facebook. If the kid that’s been bullied kills themselves, that person can be held accountable for cyberbullying. As far as I can see, the school board did nothing to violate her rights. She said what she said, was too stupid to password protect her blogs, and got caught. She needs to deal with the consequences.

    • Bonnie

      I don’t feel that the frustration should rest soley with parents whose children hold IEP’s but with the school district as they have the tools, staff and professionals at their disposal. Parents, on the other hand, are left outside in the cold with little knowledge as to what is being done on the other side of the public school doors. Children are not give what they need but what the district can “spare” which offers little benefit to the children they are educating who, by the way, end up being passed from grade to grade without having even basic living skills mastered. Let’s not forget Special Education ishould be a team approach.

  • jenny

    Maybe she’ll give birth to a special needs kid. Yep.

    In most any case, life will knock her off her high horse.

    And if that quote from her blog, was really as-written, that English teacher needs some work with grammar and punctuation.

    • Jules

      I actually was thinking the same exact thing. Maybe she will give birth to a child that has autism, or downs syndrome. I wonder if she would heap the same judgments on her child that she laid on whichever student she was thinking of. This woman has no business being a teacher, and after all of this I can’t believe that any student or parent would want anything to do with her. Almost every person who commented on the last story seemed to think she was right in saying these cruel and hateful things. That she had every right to do that because it’s her right to excercise freedom of speech. I would bet money that she was one of those mean girls in school who picked on those she felt undesirable. I have to worry about an adult (parent and/or teacher) who thinks that by saying things like “I HATE your kid” or “I don’t care if you lick windows, take the special bus or occasionally pee on yourself, you hang in there sunshine you’re special” is an acceptable way to talk about a child. She deserves to be fired and I will laugh my butt off when it happens.

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